It seems like a silly question on the surface. Surely I experience objects. I am looking at some objects now. However, is this true in experience? Is this what is really happening?
It currently appears that I am looking at a coffee cup on my desk. It appears that I am experiencing a coffee cup. However, if I investigate deeply and stay with actual experience, what I really experience is color. The cup does not make a sound. It does not have a smell. I am not currently touching it and I am not tasting it at the moment. Therefore my only current experience of the coffee cup is color. The color of the cup appears black.
So, do I see a black coffee cup? No. I just see a black color (the supposed cup) against a brown color (the supposed desk). That is all that I actually experience. It is thought that appears after the fact of seeing the colors and asserts “that is a black coffee cup on a brown desk”. There is no cup experienced directly. What is experienced directly is the seeing of color.
If we look deeper, that is not really a true statement either. There is the experience of seeing, but not of seeing color. For example, thought asserts that I am seeing a black cup. We have already determined that I am not seeing a cup directly, but what about the color black? Again, there is just the experience of seeing. Thought comes in after the fact and asserts that I am seeing the color black, but black is just a label for the experience that is occurring. It is a concept.
Close envestigation shows that the apparent black coffee cup is not even the same color consistently. In fact there are many shades of black seen. There are white highlights in places. There are other colors and shapes reflected in the cup. I do not see a pure black cup against a pure brown desk which is what thought suggests that I am seeing.
I do not even see a cup. What I actually experience is beyond concepts. There is a complex interaction of apparent colors and shapes which is beyond description. It is not a static entity, cold and dead. It is a process in motion, changing, alive, unable to be captured by mere words. Thought tries to capture this experience and calls it cup. However, in my own experience, it is obvious that I do not experience a cup or any objects. All I experience is pure experiencing itself.